Species Iris

These iris are the original “wild” or collected irises from around the world.

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Iris graminea

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A Spuria native to central and Southern Europe. Thin graceful fountain foliage 18 to 24 inches tall is deciduous. Small thumb size bright purple and white blooms are found hidden deep in the foliage late May. Cut some blooms and bring indoors to enjoy the wonderful scent of ripe plums. Needs full sun and summer drought. Zone 4-9

Iris japonica

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Native to Asia. Many (20 plus) small pale blue-lavender blooms, opening a few at a time, on a multi-branched stalk 18 to 24 inches. Needs afternoon shade and a loose humus rich soil where it will become a ground cover. Evergreen foliage shows freeze damage at 25 F. Blooms early spring. Can also be grown in a container and brought indoors to protect from hard freezes. Zone 8-9

Iris pallida ‘Dalmatica’

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(Collected and cultivated before 1600) Vigorous tall bearded, flower stems 36” with lightly sweet fragrant blue-violet flowers. Grow as you grown modern bearded irises. Zone 3-9


Iris setosa ‘Aaron’s Blue’

Lecomte ’18
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Native to north North America and north Asia. Requiring moist rich composted soils slightly acidic. Full sun in maritime areas, afternoon shade elsewhere (grow as Iris ensata). 24-25 inches tall many violet blooms held with near black spathes.  Needs a winter’s chill, Zone 3-8